Four years ago we started this tradition. We asked friends to name five things they are loving or are thankful for right now. Not over spiritual or huge picture, but what are the little things that are just really fun. Foods, stores, products, people, movies, songs, ideas, games, smells, whatever. After asking people I wait a few days and post the answers of those who respond in completely random order. Well, here the answers are.
- Good books
- Good food
- Good friends
- An amazing church family
- A chance to get a good education (even if I don’t appreciate it all of the time!)
- Hamilton the musical (and soundtrack)
- Drybar blowouts
- Task rabbit “rent a ???”
- The Canon camera indefinitely on loan from Laura & Brian
- All things Christmas, and my first ever real Christmas tree!
- Peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses in the middle- YUM.
- Hot chocolate every evening with Kennedy. We have dessert…every. night. Sometimes it’s in the form of cereal.
- Buying family’s Christmas gifts.
- Singing Christmas hymns in church 🙂 (ahem, Brian)
- Damian, best hubby in the world 🙂
- My kiddos and family time
- Dancing- even though it hurts my body more and more, I think I love it more and more
- The best friends in the world 🙂
- Great coffee and coffee shops!!
- A good red wine
- The life God has given me
- Having Joe home for Christmas this year
- The view of the Pacific Ocean on my way to the grocery store
- Costco & Trader Joes
- Texts from far away friends
- Hale Library (it’s a love hate relationship)
- Delivery Pizza
- New friends
- Sleeping in
- Being with my wife for Christmas
- Manhattan, KS’ wide variety of extraordinary and delicious places to get a bite to eat or a cup of coffee
- Warm slippers and a cozy leather chair on a cold evening
- Whoever invented automobile heaters (the history nerd in me had to look it up – evidently the initial idea and implementation is credited to Margaret Wilcox in 1893)
- Poncho liners… for non-military folk, you are missing out on one of the greatest inventions the military has produced. It is basically the coziest, warmest blanket EVER.
- Our Kid’s Jokes (Why did the deer…eat…the deer!)
- Biking to Work
- Pandemic Legacy
- The Oh Hellos
- Christmas Break and Weekends Off
- I love texting.
- I love that my Christmas cactus is blooming!
- I love my faithful blue 2007 Chevy Cobalt, still drives like a new car.
- I love that I’m old enough to have 4 great-grandchildren (with #5 on the way in March!), but young enough to enjoy and babysit them.
- I am still in mourning for Blue Bell Ice Cream.
- A Christian, strong, resilient, giving wife, a.k.a Heather Tippin.
- The typewriter—its clack and its punch on the paper.
- The rich spice and warmth of mulled wine
- Slow rivers and old bridges over slow rivers
- The heroic, poetic, true myth of the incarnation—the best fairy tale ever told, because it happens to be true
- Andrew Campbell. He is my favorite of all the humans.
- Sky-gazing: I love looking at different clouds and colors and stars!
- Soap. Especially homemade soap that smells amazing or this soap.
- My favorite Christmas music, like Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God cd, or Nat King Cole on our record player.
- Hobby Lobby (but not their overly-jazzy Christian music – it could be used as a torture device!)
- French 75 cocktail
- Pizza. I sound like a child, but I mean PIZZA. I’m especially into the combination of pepperoni and pineapple.
- My Vitamix. To blend all the super foods into a magical drink to help negate the effects of 1 and 2.
- Spotify. Making my long runs and speed work go by faster since 2015.
- The way Ruby says Ruby. “Wooooobeee” It’s a new trick and it is amazing because…child prodigy.
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush. Builds color nicely, stays on all day. You’re welcome.
- Pictures of family I don’t see regularly
- My dog meeting me when I get home
- Bacon cheese fries at movies
- My wife’s hair
- Saying/singing the Apostles’ Creed out loud
- The Brothers and Sisters that I have in the Church. (Sounds cheesy, but these are the people I hang out with)
- Sleep, I could sleep for the rest of my life and consider it a life well spent.
- Books, books, books. They’re how I learn, how I relax, how I travel from the comfort of my couch, and sometimes how I meet people in the real world.
- Blankets, jackets, gloves, scarfs, boots, vests, etc. If it keeps me warm, cozy, and covered I like it.
- THE MIGHTY AND POWERFUL INTERTUBERWEBERNETS. (It’s like one enormous, crazy, stringy, person filled book
- Starbucks Via White Chocolate Mocha. I’ve never been a huge instant coffee fan, until this stuff!
- Any website with free shipping.
- Small town living. We grew up in Houston (population 2 million), so Manhattan, KS (population 50,000) is like the polar opposite. I can get anywhere door to door in 10 minutes, no traffic ever, and I’ll probably see someone I know when I get there!
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish. Gel polish without needing a light to set it. It stays on for reals a week!
- Urban decay Naked2 Eye Shadow: Scott and Laura got this for me for Christmas last year. It’s the eye shadow to end all eye shadows.
- Spin class. And gym friends.
- Noonday Collection. Partnering with people in vulnerable communities around the world to empower women, create jobs and keep families together.
- Anything monogrammed. That’s the Texas roots in me.
- Costco Photo Center. And that you can order online without having a membership! Their prints are just better than everyone else’s. It’s just a fact!
- Hats for obvious reasons
- Malcolm Gladwell
- Cheap food
- Soft shirts
- Aiden – Cause he’s my friend.
- Class Auctions – Cause you get to buy stuff, I got a lizard for $6.
- Minecraft – The worlds I get to build are awesome.
- Legos – Fun to build with and I can make cool contraptions.
- Astros – Cause they did really good this year!
- The game Pandemic
- Asparagus fries at Bourbon and Baker
- Getting back to Sunday morning church, with stained glass windows!
- The general excitement level in my house as we count down, not to Christmas, but to the new Star Wars movie release
- In a world of increasing digitization, there is something irreplaceable about books, especially really old dusty ones from some forgotten corner of the library.
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- Chick-fil-a – Cause it’s the best restaurant ever!
- Astros – Cause they’re the best team ever!
- Mr. Perez – Cause he’s the best teacher ever!
- Daisy, Naomi, Avery and Cale – Cause they’re the best friends ever!
- Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street – Cause it’s the best show ever!
- First-ever trip to Disneyland with my wife
- Watching 80s and 90s vintage TV shows
- Water park trips with my wife and boys
- Companion Pass on Southwest Airlines
- Two-Day trip to Manhattan, KS to see my great friends
- Dad – Cause you’re my dad
- My Family – Cause they love me.
- Milk Shake – Ahhh because it has milk and ice cream in it.
- This New Baby Doll – I like that she’s a baby doll.
- Doc McStuffins – She’s a doctor for helping toys.
- The love everyone here in Manhattan has shown me
- A good book and a hot mug of tea, light on the sugar, with a touch of milk.
- My lovely roommate!
- Strawberry limeades and Sonic mozzarella sticks – particularly when shared with friends.
- The 10 years I had with my ol’ fat bulldog. He was a Good Boy.
- Coffee – I’m typically a tea drinker, but lately I’ve really enjoyed the smell and taste of java in various forms.
- Graphic & Pixelmator – Graphic a vector app for Mac and iPad. Pixelmator is a raster editor like photoshop. My two forms of relaxing therapy are long bicycle rides and making logos/graphics (99% that never see the light of day).
- Paper Bible – I love the convenience and weight of a digital Bible, but I’ve found there is something more substantial, more engaging about a paper Bible. I even bought a Reformation Study Bible recently, which is huge, but it’s been such a great move for my discipleship.
- Kindle Voyage– I know it’s seems hypocritical to read books on kindle and the Bible on paper. But truth is a I love the kindle for reading most things. Battery last forever, glows at night and yet no blue light to keep me awake at night (learned that from Hannah’s post). I read more now that I own a kindle.
- Astros – I miss them in the winter. I miss the rhythm of daily games, laura falling asleep to Alan Ashby’s commentary, rookies getting a shot at their dream, karate chop celebrations, Hank Conger robot dancing, George Springer just dancing, catches on Tal’s Hill, measuring everything on the planet in Altuves. Baseball and Summer I love and miss during this cloudy months.
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Markers – Amazon and Target sell these great markers for writing in a Bible with.
- Soccer – I had gotten out of soccer and this fall I’ve found myself enjoying watching again. The New York Cosmos, Houston Dynamo, Club America in Mexico and Manchester United in England.
- Simple Church – There is something restful about not having a bunch of church programs. Which is weird cause most program in an of himself can be great. But to know we gather to worship God on Sunday, Do a book study and meet in small groups twice a month is refreshing cause it leaves more margin in life to know our neighbors and to be apart of the wider community we live and to be present more often to disciple our own children. Simplicity in ministry is sustainable for everyone involved and I love that.
- The Habanero Sauce at Taco Lucha– It’s one of the rare instances I want to steal something since it can’t be purchased. I’ve tried to replicate it at home and failed miserably. If ever a hot sauce should be bottled, it’s this sauce.
- Ting – We followed the Durrett’s and switched from Sprint to Ting for our phone service. Bill went from $120 a month for two phones to $38 for two phones. Service is great, uses my previous phone so no new purchases. We only pay for what we actually use which isn’t that much since we’re in Wifi zones (home, coffee shops, etc) most of the time.
- Isaiah 6. And 11.
- Sleeping in on Saturdays with my husband.
- Eating breakfast with my grandson five days a week. And his good bye hugs and kisses.
- Seeing younger sisters in Christ become older sisters ministering to they younger sisters in ways that bless me beyond words.
- Fleece lined tights.
- Boots and boot season.
- Thanksgiving 2015 when no time had passed.
- The 2015 Commissioner’s Trophy
- Star Wars – All of them
- People around me who know more than I do.
- The Okies
- I still like Cranberry Limeades!
- Seeing Cole shoot his first deer with a bow
- Bean saying “Mom” for no particular reason
- Phone calls & visits from Katie
- The kids harassing me that Daisy is the “favorite” child
- Podcasts: Freshair, Here’s the Thing, This American Life
- Linear Trail Bike Rides with my son
- Local Coffee Shops: Radinas, Blue Stem, Arrow
- Netflix Shows: Gotham and House, M.D.
- Books: A Faith to Live By and The Lord of the Rings
- Board games
- Honest people
- Cranberry sierra mist
- My Danielle
- Little boy on the way
- A warm cup of flavorful coffee
- Feeling exhausted after a hard workout
- Rewatching the original Star Wars trilogy
- My wife’s desserts
- Catching up with old friends
- Mexican food (Fuzzy’s queso)
- Videos of my new niece puppy (#oakleymcgregs on Instagram)
- Hearing Baby Benoit’s heartbeat
- Getting to see our families for Christmas!
- Mike defrosting my car for on cold mornings before he goes to work
- Mama eating Mexican or bagels
- Sleep, sleep, sleep…
- Mama wearing comfortable clothing for me to grow
- Daddy talking to me
- All things salty
- I better put my family at number one or there’s going to be a lynching.
- Feminism (always entertaining when I’m down) [take it up with Robbie, not Brian]
- Hunting laws and restrictions #LetBambiLive!
- Waking up from a nap when my roommate comes home from class and wants to play black ops and watch Longmire (The Perfect day)
- Can I put Donald Trump or is that politically incorrect?
- Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour
- My incredible wife
- My awesome Grandson, Jameson- I love being a huge part of raising him!
- My new job, and the team God has given me!
- Carmen’s cooking! I am really looking forward to one of my favorite Christmas traditions on Christmas day- PRIME RIB!!!
Crazies as a unit (things our kids love collectively)
- Gordimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street: Amazon Prime show. They all love this one!
- These color by number books using these Pentel markers
- Sleeping Queens card game- fun, simple card game we can play as a family!
- Mad Libs! It’s a blast from the past for me, and a great way to teach them parts of speech! (we have had to ax “potty words” even if they are the correct part of speech!!)
- FlashLight Friends. Honestly, I hated these when we first got them, a light in a kids hand in bed? That sounds like a bad idea…. Now we couldn’t live without them. They are essential to them reading in bed, and not forgetting to turn off a flashlight or reading light. These automatically turn off after 10 minutes! And they are bigger than a flashlight so you can’t lose them as easily!